There are bad movies, and then there are BAD movies. Rubber, if you couldn’t guess by the title alone, falls in the latter category. It purports to be a satirical take on horror/slasher films. I suppose it is, but it isn’t a good satire, it’s a terrible one. Pretty much every decision they made was a bad one.

The film is about a sentient tire that rolls through the desert, and kills people by exploding their heads with psychic energy. That idea is amusing enough for a one-shot comic or an SNL sketch, not a feature-length film. That’s the problem right there. A punchline can’t be stretched to accommodate an entire movie.

The bulk of the movie is about a cop who investigates the murders, and slowly comes to realize that the tire is the one doing the killing. He and his colleagues attempt to take down the murderous tire. Now, if that had been it, the movie might have been watchable. But it didn’t stop there, it took things further down the rabbit hole of shittiness.

The cop becomes aware that he is a character in a movie. He realizes that none of it is real, and even allows his colleagues to shoot him because he knows that he won’t die. This isn’t on the level of Deadpool where he breaks the fourth wall with a couple of jokes here or there. No, the cop full-on telegraphs to everyone that nothing is real, it’s all make-believe, and they talk about it in lengthy dialogue that seemingly never ends. The movie doesn’t then steer into a more absurd scenario, nope, it’s too stupid for that. If they had, it might have worked. Instead, the cop jumps back into his investigation to stop the tire. Why? What’s the point? If he knows nothing is real, then why bother? Why not take the movie someplace else? Because the filmmakers were too stupid and lazy to come up with anything else.

And if you can believe it, that’s still not all. As if it already wasn’t meta enough, it doubles down on the meta crap by introducing another pointless feature. A group of random strangers are deposited in the desert and given a bunch of binoculars through which they can watch the action unfold. Essentially, they are the audience, they are us. Their reactions are meant to mirror ours. Basically, if they laugh or get grossed out, we are supposed to do the same. They’re like a 90s sitcom laugh track. The movie is so unsure of itself, it thinks it needs this to help us enjoy things.

But wait, there’s more! The movie tries to throw a curveball by killing the audience. For some unknown reason, a bunch of chickens are thrown into the dirt, and the audience ravenously consume the meat while fighting each other for every last bite. Of course, the chicken was poisoned, and everyone in the audience dies. What? Why? Huh? Woozle-wuzzle?

The only bit of the entire movie I found even remotely clever was the end, in which the tire is finally destroyed, but its spirit returns to inhabit a child’s tricycle. An evil, murderous tricycle was more amusing in one minute than everything else the film threw at me.

The writer/director of this piece of shit, Quentin Dupieux, has his head so far up his own ass he is blissfully unaware of all his mistakes. Just because he thinks something is hilarious doesn’t make it so. He thinks that heaping more and more meta nonsense will make his film more and more clever. But it just bogs it down. His primary gag doesn’t even interest him enough to center the entire movie on that. His other “jokes” and “gags” and meta “humor” veer wildly off course multiple times. His lack of focus is a sure sign of either an amateur or someone with no clue what he’s doing. Dupieux flails in every direction, hoping that something will land, but none of it does.

Rubber is an abomination of a movie. It thinks it’s way more clever than it actually is. It tries to be a send-up of horror/slasher films, but botches it completely. It tries to be meta, but misses the goal entirely. It’s a hodgepodge of bad ideas thrown together haphazardly. It isn’t worth anyone’s time. Take this as a lesson: one-off gags should not be made into entire films.

Verdict: Shitty

4 Responses to “Rubber”

  1. 1 Paragraph Film Reviews
    July 11, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Harsh dude!!! I really liked some aspects of this (effects were sweet, tire ended up having a personality etc) but agree that all of the meta shit around the film – clearly to just beef up the running time – was utter nonsense. Would have been way better as a mental short movie, or even a music video.

    • July 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I suppose the effects were well done, and it was nice everything was practical rather than CGI. A thirty minute film similar to Kung Fury could actually have been pretty awesome. Too bad they went this route.

  2. July 17, 2016 at 12:23 am

    LOL I loved this film for all its wankiness and pretension. I get that a lot/most people won’t like it because it’s utterly stupid, but I can’t do much but admit I laughed my ass off the whole time with its black humour and ultra-violence.

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